People in the Lab


Current Graduate Students

Zach Beard

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Survival, movement, and habitat use of Burbot in tributary systems of the Kootenai River

Undergraduate education: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.S. Fisheries, 2014)

Research interests: My research interests focus on movement and population dynamics of fishes, particularly age and growth of fishes. I generally work in the confines of those interests to answer specific concerns related to applied fisheries management. By working to answer these concerns I hope to provide findings that help to improve the quality of fishery resources for the general public.

Email: bear4516@vandals.uidaho.edu

Phil Branigan

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Microhabitat use of native and nonnative fishes in the Kootenai River system

Undergraduate education: University of Wyoming (B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management, 2013)

Research interests: My research interests lie broadly in the domain of applied fisheries ecology. I am particularly interested in evaluating the responses of fish populations to various land use practices, water development activities, and habitat manipulations. Currently, my thesis research investigates the microhabitat use of fishes in the Kootenai River, Idaho, as it applies to a large-scale and on-going habitat restoration program.

Email: bran4826@vandals.uidaho.edu

Zach Klein

Ph.D. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Dissertation title: Kokanee population dynamics, mysid-kokanee interactions, and sampling techniques in Idaho lakes

Undergraduate education: Eckerd College (B.S. Biology, 2008)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2015)

Research interests: My research interests focus on issues associated with the management and conservation of socially, economically, and ecologically important fishes. Although my work is generally driven by specific concerns related to applied fisheries management, I also strive to incorporate basic ecological theory into my research. By striking a balance between applied fisheries research and ecological theory I hope to provide findings that are relevant to both the broader scientific community and natural resource managers. Also, I like kokanee.

Email: klei7686@vandals.uidaho.edu

Conor McClure

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Population dynamics and movement of Smallmouth Bass in the Snake River

Undergraduate education: Brigham Young University-Idaho (B.S. Ecology, Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries, 2015)

Research interests: My research interests broadly pertain to the management, conservation and perpetuation of sustainable fisheries for the purposes of sport and harvest. Population dynamics, movement patterns, and age structure are of particular interest to me. The purpose of my thesis research is to answer management questions regarding the population demographics and dynamics of Smallmouth Bass in the Snake River, Idaho between Swan Falls Dam and Brownlee Reservoir.

Email: mccl2665@vandals.uidaho.edu

Curtis Roth

M.S. Candidate (Fishery Sciences)
Thesis title: Effects of air exposure on survial and fitness of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

Undergraduate education: West Virginia University (B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries, 2012)

Research interests: My research interests focus on addressing fisheries management concerns. I am particularly interested in working with salmonids and the cold-water systems they inhabit. Currently, I am conducting research on the effects of air exposure associated with catch-and-release angling on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.

Email: roth7618@vandals.uidaho.edu


Former Graduate Students

Marika Dobos

Undergraduate education: Eastern Oregon University (B.S. Biology, 2007)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2015)

Thesis title: Movement, distribution, and resource use of westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork Clearwater River basin

Current position: Regional Fisheries Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Email: dobo6458@vandals.uidaho.edu

Elizabeth Ng

Undergraduate education: Pomona College (B.A. Biology, 2010)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2015)

Thesis title: Population dynamics and trophic ecology of nonnative lake trout in Priest Lake, Idaho

Current position: M.S. student (Statistics), University of Idaho

Email: ng1262@vandals.uidaho.edu

Zach Klein

Undergraduate education: Eckerd College (B.S. Biology, 2008)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2015)

Thesis title: Population ecology and the suppression of burbot in the Green River, Wyoming

Current position: Ph.D. student, University of Idaho

Email: klei7686@vandals.uidaho.edu

Carson Watkins

Undergraduate education: University of Wyoming (B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management, 2011)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2014)

Thesis title: Fish assemblage and population responses to habitat restoration of side channels in the Kootenai River

Current position: Regional Fisheries Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Email: carson.watkins@idfg.idaho.gov

John Walrath

Undergraduate education: University of Nebraska (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, 2010)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2013)

Thesis title: Population dynamics and trophic ecology of northern pike and smallmouth bass in Coeur d'Alene Lake: implications for the conservation of westslope cutthroat trout

Current position: Regional Fisheries Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Email: john.walrath@wyo.gov

Christopher Smith

Undergraduate education: Iowa State University (B.S. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 2011)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2013)

Thesis title: Assessment of sampling techniques and fish assemblage structure in large western river systems

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Email: Christopher.D.Smith@state.mn.us

Steven Whitlock

Undergraduate education: Northland College (B.S. Biology, 2010)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2013)

Thesis title: Kokanee spawning ecology and recruitment response to water level management in Lake Pend Oreille

Current position: Ph.D. student, Oregon State University

Email: Steven.Whitlock@oregonstate.edu

Josh McCormick

Undergraduate education: The Pennsylvania State University (B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2003)

Graduate education: University of Idaho (M.S. Fishery Sciences, 2012)

Thesis title: Assessment of angler survey methods for managing Idaho's anadromous fisheries: angler survey design and the role of social desirability bias

Current position: Fisheries Biometrician, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Email: joshua.l.mccormick@state.or.us

Jesse Fischer

Undergraduate education: University of Nebraska (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, 2004)

Graduate education: Kansas State University (M.S. Biology, 2007); Iowa State University (Ph.D. Fisheries Biology, 2012

Dissertation title: Benchmarks of biological integrity for lake restoration success: fish assemblage composition and population dynamics in Iowa lakes and impoundments

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, North Carolina State Univesity

Email: jessefischer@gmail.com

Tim Parks

Undergraduate education: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.S. Fisheries and Water Resources, 2008)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2012)

Thesis title: Fish species of greatest conservation need in Iowa's nonwadeable rivers: Distribution, relative abundance, and influences from potential movement barriers

Current position: Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Email: Timothy.Parks@wisconsin.gov

Bryan Bakevich

Undergraduate education: University of Montana (B.S. Wildlife Biology-Aquatic option, 2009)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2012)

Thesis title: Occurrence and abundance of Topeka shiners and phenology of fish assemblages in off-channel habitats of streams in central Iowa

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Email: Bryan.Bakevich@state.nm.us

Maria Dzul

Undergraduate education: University of Michigan (B.S. Biology, 2007)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Wildlife Biology, 2012)

Thesis title: Population ecology and monitoring of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish

Current position: Fisheries Research Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey-Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

Email: mdzul@usgs.gov

Tony Sindt

Undergraduate education: Minnesota State University-Mankato (B.S. Ecology 2008)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2011)

Thesis title: Iowa stream fish species of greatest conservation need: using Iowa GAP products to refine prioritization and guide assessment

Current position: Fisheries Research Biologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Email: Anthony.Sindt@state.mn.us

Travis Neebling

Undergraduate education: Northland College (B.S. Natural Resources - Wildlife and Fish Ecology, dual-major Biology 2006)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2009)

Thesis title: Fish assemblages in Iowa's non-wadeable rivers: relationships with habitat and sampling methods

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Email: Travis.Neebling@wyo.gov

Jeff Koch

Undergraduate education: University of Nebraska (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, 2003)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2008)

Thesis title: Effects of commercial harvest on shovelnose sturgeon populations in the upper Mississippi River

Current position: Fisheries Research Supervisor, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Email: jeff.koch@wp.state.ks.us

Zac Jackson

Undergraduate education: North Dakota State University (B.S. Natural Resources Management, B.S. Zoology, 2003)

Graduate education: Iowa State University (M.S. Fisheries Biology, 2007)

Thesis title: Assessment of the interrelationships between fish population dynamics and limnological characteristics of Iowa lakes

Current position: Fisheries Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Email: Zachary_Jackson@fws.gov